Individuals With Disabilities (PWDs) have appealed to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral fee (INEC) to avail them extra alternative to take part within the 2023 normal election by a particular one-month window extension of the Steady Voter Registration (CVR) train.
The PWDs, in a letter to the INEC Nationwide chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, signed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) PWDs Nationwide Chief, Hon. Tolu Bankole, counseled the INEC boss for making provision for his or her members to take part within the election and making it simpler for them to entry registration areas.
Bankole mentioned solely 87,083 PWDs members beat the deadline regardless of the repeated efforts by the eligible members of the PWDs neighborhood to take part within the electoral course of resulting in 2023 normal elections in keeping with the fee’s voter’s registration replace of Quarter 4, Week 16 launched on August 1, 2022.
Hon. Tolu Bankole wrote: “As a part of efforts to evaluate the extent of participation of PWDs empirically within the Steady Voters’ Registration train, we held a nationwide summit on Thursday, August 4, 2022 in Abuja and we noticed that PWDs who had been excluded from the train are in two classes:
“Those that have executed the net pre-registration however couldn’t full the bodily registration because of the rowdy scenario in most registration factors. And people who weren’t captured regardless of their frantic efforts on the bodily registration factors.
“Our estimation from our findings revealed that these excluded are greater than the quantity registered as cited by the fee above.
“Though we acknowledge the fee’s place on the constraints of time: to print thousands and thousands of Everlasting Voters’ Card (PVCs) for all recent registrants and candidates for switch and alternative of misplaced or broken PVCs; to print the ultimate register of voters in triplicate for the 2023 normal election amongst others.
“Additionally, we recognize your PWDs inclusive insurance policies since your assumption of workplace which have led to tangible actions as in opposition to mere rhetoric of the previous.
“Nonetheless, we enchantment on behalf of 1000’s of Individuals With Disabilities throughout the nation who can be disenfranchised attributable to no fault of theirs apart from being impaired that the fee considers the extension of the Steady Voters’ Registration (CVR) for one month for Individuals With Disabilities, PWDs.
“We imagine if this extension is granted, PWDs clusters throughout the nation will maximize this non-obstructive window to take part absolutely within the Steady Voters’ Registration.
“Extending the Steady Voters’ Registration (CVR) by one month for Individuals With Disabilities is the suitable name within the circumstance as a result of it might forestall the upcoming disenfranchisement of 1000’s of eligible PWDs within the 2023 normal elections.”